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Dracula & Frankenstein's Monster are world leaders in 19th century Europe, dealing with plots, romance, politics - and an Egyptian.

San Francisco, CA Comics
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We're into the final hours - and we have a contest for you right here.

In the 19th century Europe of ULTRASYLVANIA, Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and a certain Egyptian resident don't lurk in the darkness - they're world leaders, struggling to hold their nations together amid assassination plots, romantic betrayals, and political intrigues.  That’s the world of our story.  The setting.  And a couple of the major players.  But, it’s about a great many things – love, loss, mistrust, espionage, the murkiness of “truth” – and hope in the face of all of that.

Owing to the monstrous success of this campaign, we've unleashed the following Stretch Goals....

With a script by Brian Schirmer and art direction by Jeremy Saliba (Dynamite's WHEEL OF TIME), ULTRASYLVANIA was produced in cooperation with the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  Over the course of fifteen weeks, students from the Academy's School of Illustration participated in a first-of-its-kind Comic Collaborative class, wherein they met and worked in the Academy's state-of-the-art Cintiq studio.

ULTRASYLVANIA has been rolling out as a webcomic since May, and Volume 1 will wrap up sometime in November.  By purchasing this first edition, you not only get a digital and/or physical copy of the book - but also find out how it ends before anyone else.

The story for Volume 1 clocks in at 75 pages.  This 96-page first edition will also include character designs, page roughs, early layouts, and much more, taking you behind-the-scenes and giving you an inside look at the various processes of the artists.

Art by Dylan Palmer
Art by Dylan Palmer
Art by John Gomes
Art by John Gomes
Art by Valerio Fabbretti
Art by Valerio Fabbretti

What the Press is Saying About ULTRASYLVANIA

We've been profiled on Bleeding Cool

io9 calls ULTRASYLVANIA “intriguing” – singling out “Richard Healy’s dark and bleeding watercolors”, “Jonathan Aguillon’s clear black lines and unnatural color palette”, and “Valerio Fabbretti’s detailed realism [which] adds an exciting touch of terror to the opening page, and makes me eager to see the story return to Egypt.” 

Stellar Four says, “The strong storytelling is backed by some outstanding artwork…. I was really blown away.”

Nosferatu TV: "...delightful", "incredibly beautiful", "for anyone interested in traditional Gothic Horor, urban fantasy, alternate history, or just want a refreshing new take on the classic monsters." .... "There is a great deal of atmosphere and ambiance to the story, which is written with exactly the right amount of suspense, drama and intrigue by Brian Schirmer."

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HOW CAN YOU HELP ULTRASYLVANIA COME TO LIFE?

1. PLEDGE

It is only through your support that we can make this a reality.  If we surpass our goal, then we have some bonuses that we will roll out for everyone!

2. SHARE

We need more than just your dollars - we need your voice.  Help us get the word out.  Email your friends.  Post a link to this Kickstarter project on Facebook.  Go and "Like" the ULTRASYLVANIA Facebook PageTweet about the project, and follow us @Ultrasylvania.  Again, we can only make this happen with your support.

Art by Richard Healy and Matt Harding
Art by Richard Healy and Matt Harding
Art by Edward Edgerson, Jr.
Art by Edward Edgerson, Jr.
Art by Garrett Richert and Greg Mack
Art by Garrett Richert and Greg Mack

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HOW THIS KICKSTARTER THING WORKS

You pledge an amount towards our goal by clicking either the "Back This Project" button in the upper right of the page, or one of the Pledge levels in the column on the right.  All pledges are processed via Amazon.com, making it very easy.  If we reach our goal by the August 31st deadline, then you will be charged your pledge amount - and receive the reward you selected.  However, if we don't make it, then you won't be charged and we won't receive funding.  It's all-or-nothing with Kickstarter.

That said, let's focus on the all.  In addition to the print and digital editions of ULTRASYLVANIA, we are offering a number of Kickstarter-exclusive rewards, including a limited edition variant cover, a chance to use your likeness as the basis of a character in Volume 2, dinner and drinks with the creators, portfolio reviews, a behind-the-scenes package as we create Volume 2, and more.  To check out the various incentives and their corresponding donation levels, peruse the column on the right.

Art by Erik Solem
Art by Erik Solem
Art by Niko Pope
Art by Niko Pope
Art by Jonathan Aguillon
Art by Jonathan Aguillon

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AWESOME! WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING?

We ask for $8,500 to complete the project. This will assure enough money to print the comic, ship your rewards, and cover Kickstarter and Amazon's processing fees.

The breakdown goes something like this:

  • $6200 to print 1000 copies of the graphic novel through Lebonfon Printing
  • $200 for 4x6 art cards and 8x12 prints
  • $250 for 20 limited edition KS exclusive cover variant edition
  • $1000 for shipping rewards to supporters
  • $850 for Kickstarter and Amazon fees (approximately 10% overall)

In the event that we exceed our funding goal, we'll be able to unlock some extra incentives - "stretch goals", for you Kickstarter veterans - as added "Thank Yous!" to all you folks that made it happen.

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I'M IN! TELL ME ABOUT THE REWARDS!

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Note: Each sketch will be unique. Artwork shown is merely an example.
Note: Each sketch will be unique. Artwork shown is merely an example.

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Note: Each sketch will be unique. Artwork shown is merely an example.
Note: Each sketch will be unique. Artwork shown is merely an example.

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Note: Each sketch will be unique. Artwork shown is merely an example.
Note: Each sketch will be unique. Artwork shown is merely an example.

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Note: Each sketch will be unique. Artwork shown is merely an example.
Note: Each sketch will be unique. Artwork shown is merely an example.

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Note: Artwork shown is merely an example.
Note: Artwork shown is merely an example.

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Thanks for taking a moment to check out our Kickstarter project. If you feel compelled to pledge towards our goal - thank you even more!  We really couldn't do this without you.

In addition to Updates that we'll unfold here, you can track our progress on

Twitter

Facebook

And, of course, at www.ULTRASYLVANIA.com!

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Video Credits: Filming and production by Dax Santi & Alessandro Squitti. Editing by Alessandro Squitti. Music: "Siegfried's Funeral March and Finale" by Richard Wagner, courtesy of Musopen.org.

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    6 backers

    GRAVE ROBBER: We send you our thanks on a postcard, featuring the cover art of Richard Healy, and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book.

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    74 backers

    GRAVE DIGGER: PDF and ePub digital versions of ULTRASYLVANIA in all its glory, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book.

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    50 backers All gone!

    EARLY RISER: A signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA shipped to your doorstep! PDF and ePub digital versions of ULTRASYLVANIA in all its glory, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This special price is limited to 50 pledges & includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $10.)

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    106 backers

    BLOOD-SUCKER: A signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA shipped to your doorstep! PDF and ePub digital versions of ULTRASYLVANIA in all its glory, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $10.)

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    64 backers

    BITTEN: A signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA shipped to your doorstep + a sketch by one of our artists in the book!! Plus - the art card set, the PDF and ePub digital versions, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $10.)

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    20 backers All gone!

    PRINCE OF DARKNESS: A signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA, featuring the Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover by John Gomes. Only 20 will be printed. Each will be hand-numbered "X of 20". This particular edition will never be reprinted. Once they're gone, they're gone. You also get the art card set, the PDF and ePub digital versions, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $10.)

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    16 backers

    ACCURSED: A signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA shipped to your doorstep + a sketch by one of our artists in the book!! Plus - the art card set AND your choice of ONE of the 8x12 prints. And, of course, the PDF and ePub digital versions, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $10.)

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    5 backers

    VAMPIRE HUNTER: A signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA shipped to your doorstep + a sketch by one of our artists in the book!! Plus - the art card set AND the 8x12 print set. And, of course, the PDF and ePub digital versions, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $10.)

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    13 backers

    THE MONSTER: You get TWO signed print copies of ULTRASYLVANIA shipped to you. One for you, one for a friend. Plus, a sketch by one of our artists in EACH book!! PLUS - the art card set AND the 8x12 print set. And, of course, the PDF and ePub digital versions, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $10.)

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    2 backers

    COMIC SHOP PACK: 10 copies of ULTRASYLVANIA, PLUS a promotional package, including postcards, mini-poster, and more - each customized to include the name of your store. (Retailers only. Books will ship only to valid place of business. International Orders please add $25.)

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    FOR THE ARTIST: A signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA shipped to your doorstep - PLUS a Portfolio Review with art director Jeremy Saliba via Skype. And, of course, the PDF and ePub digital versions, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $10.)

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    1 backer All gone!

    IMMORTALITY, FOR HIM: Your NAME will be used for a key character in ULTRASYLVANIA, VOL. 2! This reward is for GENTLEMEN ONLY. You will also receive a signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA, the PDF and ePub digital versions, and a signed copy of VOLUME 2 (shipping Feb 2013). And, of course, our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $20. Two packages will be mailed.)

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    IMMORTALITY, FOR HER: Your NAME will be used for a key character in ULTRASYLVANIA, VOL. 2! This reward is for LADIES ONLY. You will also receive a signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA, the PDF and ePub digital versions, and a signed copy of VOLUME 2 (shipping Feb 2013). And, of course, our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $20. Two packages will be mailed.)

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    1 backer All gone!

    SHE IS AGELESS: Your LIKENESS will be the basis of a key character in ULTRASYLVANIA, VOL. 2! This reward is for LADIES ONLY. You will also receive a signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA, the PDF and ePub digital versions, a signed copy of VOLUME 2 (shipping Feb 2013), AND an 8x10 original sketch of the final design. And, of course, our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $20. Two packages will be mailed.)

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    1 backer All gone!

    HE IS AGELESS: Your LIKENESS will be the basis of a key character in ULTRASYLVANIA, VOL. 2! This reward is for GENTLEMEN ONLY. You will also receive a signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA, the PDF and ePub digital versions, a signed copy of VOLUME 2 (shipping Feb 2013), AND an 8x10 original sketch of the final design. And, of course, our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $20. Two packages will be mailed.)

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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    CREATURES OF THE NIGHT - BAY AREA NIGHT OUT: Brian and Jeremy will take you out for dinner, drinks, and - ideally - a pilgrimage to a nearby comic shop! Talk comics, movies, games, and other assorted geekery! We'll bring your signed copy of ULTRASYLVANIA, some surprise bonuses, and maybe a special guest or two! And, yes, the PDF and ePub digital versions, along with our thanks on a postcard and your name on the acknowledgements page of the book. We'll work with you on the wherewithal, but this reward is limited to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    "IT'S ALIVE!" - BEHIND-THE-SCENES: You will receive weekly updates as we create ULTRASYLVANIA, VOL. 2 this fall, including - but not limited to - early designs, revisions, final artwork, story secrets, and interviews. You will also receive a signed print copy of ULTRASYLVANIA, the PDF and ePub digital versions, the 4x6 art card set, the 8x12 print set, our thanks on a postcard, your name on the acknowledgements page of the book AND a signed copy of VOLUME 2 (shipping Feb 2013)! This includes shipping within the U.S. (International Orders please add $20. Big shipment.)

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